Simo Benbachir, a Moroccan journalist living in Los Angeles, welcomed the international Egyptian artist Sayed Badreya in an episode of his new show “The Arabs of America”, which he presents on the website “Panet” and the channel “Hala”. In this interview, Sayed Badreya shared his journey from living in one of the poorer areas of the Egyptian city Port Said to coming the United States and managing to realize his dream as he stood by the side of the greatest actors and directors.
In his interview with Simo Benbachir, he said, “I achieved what I wanted through the prayers of my parents, but also through hard work and perseverance. I studied directing in New York City and first appeared in a film in 1985, before moving to Hollywood and working as an assistant director for many great directors, including James Cameron, director of the famous film Titanic, and then I became an actor and played my first roles in 1986. »
Thus, Sayed Badreya’s appearances in many famous American films, such as “Star Gate”, “Independent Day”, “Three King” and “Insider”, reached more than 70 films, as he told Simo Benbachir, adding that he played alongside many great actors such as Al Pacino, George Clooney, Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry and Jackie Chan. “I work professionally. When I stand in front of a great actor, I forget that he’s a great actor, and I focus more on the character he’s playing in the movie. That’s what allows me to shine in my role” he said.
And in response to a question about the difficulties he encountered in America, Sayed Badreya stressed that these are the same difficulties that any immigrant can face. The most important one is being outside your country and away from your loved ones. It is also about having to adapt to habits that are not one’s own. “But after forming a family and giving birth to my son Mohammed and my daughter Fatima, my suffering diminished,” he said.
Regarding his future artistic projects, Badreya said he is working on a film called “Thar masri” (Egyptian Revenge), in which he combines Egyptian film classics in writing and directing with American “Western” techniques. “The best of what Egyptian cinema has given are classic films such as Al-Bostaji, Douaa Al-Karawan, Al-Haram … I chose to make a film about the story of an Egyptian peasant who seeks revenge for his family. “, he added.